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On math.SE, for instance, suppose one wants to TeX {1,2,3,...,n}. Then to do this in LaTeX, one only needs to type $\{1,2,3,...,n\}$, but because SE markdown does not escape text inside of the $ delimiters, one is forced to type $\\{1,2,3,...,n\\}$ to escape the backslash. Similar problems exist with asterisks and underscores, which many times need to be escaped in order to avoid strange italicized text and missing subscripts. I realize that not all websites would want text in between dollar delimiters escaped, so is it possible to have it enabled or disabled on certain sites?

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    I don't necessarily agree that this should be implemented, but +1 for an interesting question.
    – Pops
    Sep 21, 2010 at 20:26
  • I do fully agree. The only problem may be that TeX typed before the implementation may suddenly look weird... Sep 22, 2010 at 11:40

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